News, and lots of it!!

We live in strange and interesting times which means that our usual plans can often be changed at the last minute to accommodate the circumstances.

We had planned on telling you about just one release this week but events and their impact and consequences has lead us to a slightly different state of affairs.

So, we have four announcements in total  this week.

Lets start with the one we were planning to announce……

WEST COAST SICK LINE

Dusty Moonan returns with West Coast Sick Line after a more than two year wait – the last release was 2018’s album “Flat of Engels” – with a brand new five track   EP called “Colour Climax”.

Trademark Sick Line biting wit and slightly dangerous humour are in play for a great set of new tunes. The best description is alternative rock with a pop edge, Pounding beats, great guitars and riffs, and catchy melodies are to the fore for this set. Perhaps the overall sound is a little heavier and a touch more in your face than previous releases.

It’s mostly Dusty on his own this time with the main man providing  vocals, guitars, bass & keyboards. Main support is from Dragan Rolivic who adds Mandolin on track 3, Backing vocals on track 5 and  drums throughout, as well as mixing the release. Further support comes from Mark Shrieves who plays  Bass on track 4.

The whole affair was recorded at recorded at Tucky Park Studios,in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

It will be released to the world as a download only on June 12th.

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FOUR CANDLES

One of the great things about owning your own record label is that you can make fairly quick decisions about when and what you can release.

A new four track from Four Candles was recorded with Simon “Ding” Archer at 6dB Studios in Salford just before lockdown.

With the ongoing impact of the lockdown materially affecting some of the important players in the live music business in Manchester the band took the view that their latest recordings ought to try and assist the financial impact on the venue that has been both the label and our musicians main provider of somewhere to play and present what we do. That venue is The Peer Hat, in Manchester City Centre, and all the proceeds from the Bandcamp sales of the new release “Alternative Golf” will be dedicated to that wonderful place with the hope that when the current situation has been resolved we can see Nick, Dom and co.  up and running again as soon as possible.

There are four tracks on the EP, one of which, Loose Lips,  was previously released as a live recording from the Yerrrr bar in Manchester.

Opener Doughnuts, with a video already up on You Tube, saw it’s live debut at The Eagle in Salford around a year ago with a memorable impromptu set of backing vocals from Julia and Anne from Matthew Hopkins performed from the audience. Basket Case is a typical punk infused rant and closer Requiem is a stunning attack on failings in the Care system for vulnerable people. All in all a great set of tunes.

Release date: June 5th – download only.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ANOTHER FREE FEE DAY ON BANDCAMP SO PURCHASE ON THIS DATE MAXIMISES OUR INCOME TO SUPPORT THE PEER HAT.

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2 LOST SOULS

If the decision on the Four Candles release was quick then we approached warp speed on the new release from 2 Lost Souls.

The behaviour of a certain individual and his boss sparked a flurry of activity on Sunday May 24th. The two Paul’s laid down guitars and bass and Ian added his trademark vocals to a pointed attack on the self-styled elite that “run” the country at the moment. Within two hours the finished track was sent to Bandcamp for release and sharing with the world.  A few hours later Ged Babey had penned a review for Louder Than War.

The release is offered for free on Bandcamp with a pay what you want option. Any money raised will as with the Four Candles release be dedicated to supporting The Peer Hat.

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and finally…..

COSMIC PANTHERS

NYC and Manchester have proud and distinct musical heritages , think of The Velvet Underground and the Fall , The Ramones and Buzzcocks , Suicide and Joy Division all different in location and output and yet there is something similar in terms of attitude that links them.

Fuzzy Warbles and German Shepherd as labels existing on separate sides of the Atlantic Ocean still share an ethos of releasing and promoting music of true quality by artists who exist outside the mainstream making music out of love and emotional necessity rather as a career choice , both champion the underdog.

And so what does a musical collision between these two cities , these music capitals sound like ? With the world in lockdown they decided , with the aid of smart phones and laptops, to find out.

Ben from Fuzzy Warbles and Ian from German Shepherd swapped ideas and wrote four songs long distance.  Happy with what they had created, they were recorded and, for  our fourth release this week, we give you rumbling synths, guitars that sting, and acid tongued vocals. We welcome you to the cross pollinated world of Cosmic Panthers and the EP Ball The Wall.

Fuzzy Warbles will release the EP in Cassette Format and provide digital download via Bandcamp. German Shepherd will facilitate wider distribution via A1 Music to all the major digital download and streaming sites. Release date is June 5th.

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Four Candles announce new EP with new video

Four Candles have announced the release of a new EP “Alternative Golf” which will be released on June 5th. A preview of the EP comes in the form of a brand new video of the track “Doughnuts”.

The group have agreed that any income from the sales of the EP on Bandcamp will be used to support Manchester City Centre venue The Peer Hat which is at risk of closure due to the current lockdown.

More details about the release to follow next week.

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It’s Matrimony!

8th November sees the release of the second single this year from The Harveys.

Previously known as Harveys Rabbit the band reconvened a few years back after success in the 1990s. With that name change and a new line up the core members Tim Lyons and Mick Pullen have brought back the melodic charm and crossover Manchester pop stylings for which they are rightly remembered, and currently appreciated.

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The new single couples a remake of an old Harvey’s Rabbit number “Frank Got Married” with a newer song “Shadow of Wind”. It will be available in digital download and CD formats and accessible from all of the main streaming platforms.

Embracing the Brel/Brecht elements of the bands work this exciting new double A side will be launched on 14th November at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with support from Vee VV and Four Candles.

The band have also produced a podcast for the German Shepherd Mixcloud Select Channel to support the release of the new single.

Further gigs for The Harveys have been booked:

  • 14th December 2019 – The Peer Hat, Manchester supporting TV Smith – with Matthew Hopkins
  • 1st February 2020 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool supporting The Monochrome Set

 

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Another fun packed week for kennel followers out there….

FOUR CANDLES

30th August sees the release of a new single from Manchester post-punk trouble causers Four Candles. Recorded live by Big Clive the band deliver “Volcano Burning Blue” from the Nettle Rash album plus a brand new track “Loose Lips” – the release is FREE and is only available from the German Shepherd Records Bandcamp Page. German Shepherd Records Bandcamp subscribers will get the entire set (including the two single tracks) as part of their subscription package. This lively set includes a selection of songs from across the bands’ three releases to date including the memorable “Strange Things Are Happening” set closer where the audience joined the band on stage. Recorded at YERRRR bar in Manchester this is Four Candles at their best – Live and Loud!

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The recent Record Collector review of the bands latest album Nettle Rash by Mick Middles is rather fulsome in it’s praise although we should point out that the band are not from Salford.

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If you have not grabbed it yet the Nettle Rash album is still available digitally and we have a limited number of CDs available also

The band play the alternative part of the Colne Blues Festival on Sunday August 25th

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THE HARVEYS

Formerly known as Harveys Rabbit the Peel favourites are back with a debut single under a new name The Harveys. “Skeleton Dance/Laugh At The Stars” pre-releases on September 3rd with the option to purchase a CD single of the release. The single releases proper on 13th September and is launched at The Peer Hat, Manchester on 20th September where the band are supported by Matthew Hopkins and Manchester legends Dislocation Dance. Often described as the English Go-Betweens the band have a unique melodic pop sound with elements of klezmer and other european folk oriented genres folding into the mix.

An up to date biography of the band can be found here.

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BLACK LIMOUSINE

Three piece Alternative Rockers Black Limousine release their debut single “Dressed In Black” on 6th September – with lots of media interest already generated we expect Rock and Metal stations to pick up on this excellent track. Lead by Four Candles guitarist Mark Taylor ably supported by bassist John Pew and drummer Damien Hughes (Peter Hook, Monaco, Hamsters) the band played a stunning headline set at The Peer Hat on 16th August launching the new single. They were supported by Sam and Tim from The Parish Church who delivered a great set which was also much appreciated by the lively crowd.

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FORTHCOMING RELEASES

Other than the above we have packed programme of releases in the Autumn/Winter with new material from

  • m.t. scott
  • Ember Rev
  • sycloner
  • Moff Skellington
  • Elastikbande
  • Ian and Keith Moss
  • Angry!
  • The Parasite
  • The Parish Church Fire
  • Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • The Get
  • The Harveys
  • Auster Boys
  • Weimar

We are also aiming to release the fourth in our series of Cambridge Calling compilations curated by the inestimable Dave Hammond.

WEBSITE MAKEOVER

Our website has had a refresh with a new layout….as you can see on the left hand side of the page a wealth of information about what we do and the bands/artists on the label, in the middle the latest news, and on the right our forthcoming release and gig schedule. Please remember to check the schedule regularly for new events.

CHEESE!

And taking of events we are pleased to announce the launch of a new (and first) book by label co-owner Ian Moss. October 23rd at The Peer Hat (we’re never out of the place) sees a fun-packed mixed media event to support the release. Here is the bill of fayre….bring your own cheese!

  • Ian has his book Cheese ( 100 unhip albums to love) published by Empire publishers in October to mark the event you are invited to this evening
    • 7-30 -8-30 Disco , Ian will spin discs from his collection released between 1970 and 1980 , the sounds that warped his mind and formulated his taste
    • 8-30 -9-00 Nick Alexander will interpret songs discussed in the book in his own inimitable style , this is seriously not to be missed
    • 9-00 – 9-30 – Poet, Journalist and erudite speaker Emily Oldfield will join in conversation with the author about his aims , motivation and passion ,
    • 9-30 10-00 Books available to be signed etc
    • 10-00 – 11-00  more Disco

 

 

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 50 – New Four Candles Album, The Harveys, German Shepherd on Mixcloud Direct, and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the German Shepherd Records newsletter,

We are still trying to cool down after a red hot night in Manchester last Friday where Adventures of Salvador launched their new album “Welcome To Our Village” accompanied by Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. All three bands put in sterling performances as can be evidenced from Paul Forshaw’s videos of the event captured here.

This week we launch the new album from Four Candles “Nettle Rash” which is released on 12th July.

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The third album from the band finds them moving on and expanding their repertoire with the presence of Mark Taylor’s guitar coming to the fore, and Ian Moss’s words taking on a broad range of subjects from Climate Change, through political issues including the badger cull, to an exploration of the seamier side of sexual entanglements. With guest vocalists Anne and Julia from the band Matthew Hopkins and keyboards from engineer Simon “Ding” Archer the aural palette of the band has been expanded. This is their strongest album yet.

An interview with Ian Moss about the album will be aired on Bob Osborne’s Aural Delights show in taintradio on 11th July.

The band are playing live at the following

10th August – Yerrr Bar, Manchester with Adventures of Salvador, and The Ombudsmen
14th November – The Castle, Manchester with The Harveys.

Speaking of The Harveys – that is the new name for Harvey’s Rabbit and we will be releasing a brand new double A side single from the band “Skeleton Dance/Laugh At The Stars” in September – here’s a preview of the gorgeous single art

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​GERMAN SHEPHERD ON MIXCLOUD DIRECT

We are pleased to announce the launch of German Shepherd Radio via Mixcloud Select

Hosted on label co-owner Bob Osborne’s Mixcloud channel this new venture will feature radio content from members of the German Shepherd Roster with exclusive shows only available to subscribers.  Subscription is £2.99 a month for access to brand new content featuring not only German Shepherd acts but also the bands and artists that our roster is listening to. We will also be featuring exclusive live content from our bands recorded at some of the gigs we have promoted.

To kick things off we have

  • an exclusive new show from Mike Powell of Night Operations which features a broad range of rock indie and electronica acts and couple of fellow German Shepherd artists – with John Grant, New Order, The Junta, Tin Machine, Dubstar , The Scissors, The Fevers, Weyes Blood, Ikara Colt, Ian Brown, and Temples.
  • the return of Bob’s Reformation Show with an interview with Ian Moss of Unseasonal Beasts and featuring tracks from Ian’s and Simon Ding Archers careers.

The next two exclusive shows will feature Four Candles and The Screaming Love Collective.

FORTHCOMING GIGS

July

  • 4th-
    • Smith, Hughes & Williams from The Parish Church Fire appearing at the Waiting for the Clampdown Book Launch at the Castle Hotel, Manchester – Free Entry
  • 5th –
    • Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 13th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
      Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
      Adventures of Salvador play Strummercamp Summer Party at The Star & Garter – £5
  • 19th –
    • The Scissors and Adventures of Salvador with Moonstrips  at Blue Moon Cambridge
  • 20th –
    • Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
      Adventures of Salvador with Umbrella Assassins and The Get play Dublin Castle, London
  • 27th –
    • Umbrella Assassins and Bouquet of Dead Crows play Pimjam festival at the Rose and Crown, Haverhill
  • 28th –
    • Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme, Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande also play – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
  • 31st –
    • The Junta plays The Peer Hat

August

  • 3rd
    • Adventures of Salvador play Movers & SHAKERS Festival at The Longfield Suite Prestwich to support Forever Bury and Help Save Bury Football Club.
  • 9th –
    • Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
      Toska Wilde plays Margate Pride Rock at Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, Margate
  • 10th –
    • Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
    • The Mind Sweepers play Queen of the South Bar, Dumfries
    • The Ombudsmen, Four Candles, Adventures of Salvador play Yerrr Bar, Manchester
  • 16th –
    • Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
  • 24th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
  • 25th –
    • Toska Wilde and Brucie feature on the End of the Week Show in Sheppey FM before nipping around the coast to play at It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
  • 29th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays The Peer Hat, Manchester

September

  • 20th –
    • The Harveys and Matthew Hopkins play The Peer Hat, Manchester
      Weimar play The Boulevard, Wigan

October

  • 12th –
    • Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 26th  –
    • Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
    • Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

November

  • 1st –
    • Dominic Carlton-Jones plays Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 2nd –
    • Weimar play Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 14th –
    • The Harveys and Four Candles play The Castle, Manchester
  •  30th –
    • Adventures of Salvador and Weimar play The Globe, Glossop

December

  • 14th –
    • The Harveys play The Peer Hat, Manchester with the legendary TV Smith

2020

February

  • 1st –
    • The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin